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Optical Fibers Getting Full
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Optical Fibers Getting Full

Exploring ways to push more data through a fiber one-tenth the thickness of the average human hair.

NASA Scientists Find 'Impossible' Cloud on Titan--Again
From ACM News

NASA Scientists Find 'Impossible' Cloud on Titan--Again

The puzzling appearance of an ice cloud seemingly out of thin air has prompted NASA scientists to suggest that a different process than previously thought—possibly...

Cheap Lidar: The Key to MakingSelf-Driving Cars Affordable
From ACM News

Cheap Lidar: The Key to MakingSelf-Driving Cars Affordable

Chances are you've never seen a fully autonomous self-driving car out on the street.

73% of Coding Bootcamp Graduates Employed Full-Time, Earn Salary Lift
From ACM TechNews

73% of Coding Bootcamp Graduates Employed Full-Time, Earn Salary Lift

Coding bootcamps have surged in popularity because they are accelerated programs that attract technology-minded students looking to learn a range of skills.

How Quantum Computing Could Unpick Encryption to Reveal Decades of Online Secrets
From ACM TechNews

How Quantum Computing Could Unpick Encryption to Reveal Decades of Online Secrets

The advent of a universal quantum computer could herald the end of effective data encryption.

Nokia's Terabit Fiber Internet Breakthrough Points to Even Faster Internet Speeds
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Nokia's Terabit Fiber Internet Breakthrough Points to Even Faster Internet Speeds

Researchers have developed a data-tranmission technique that will have the capacity to provide speeds 1,000 times faster than Google Fiber.

Researchers Find Common Traits That Account for Strong STEM Outcomes in Schools
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Find Common Traits That Account for Strong STEM Outcomes in Schools

Researchers have identified 14 components common to exceptional high schools with science, technology, engineering, and math programs.

Send Secret Messages Hidden in the DNA of Bacterial Spores
From ACM News

Send Secret Messages Hidden in the DNA of Bacterial Spores

Humble bacterial spores are taking us closer to an age of DNA information storage, thanks to new ways of protecting archived data from corruption as well as from...

Hacker-Proof Code Confirmed
From ACM News

Hacker-Proof Code Confirmed

Computer scientists can prove certain programs to be error-free with the same certainty that mathematicians prove theorems. 

A Tight Squeeze for Electrons--Quantum Effects Observed in 'One-Dimensional' Wires
From ACM TechNews

A Tight Squeeze for Electrons--Quantum Effects Observed in 'One-Dimensional' Wires

Researchers observed quantum effects in electrons by squeezing them into one-dimensional "quantum wires" and monitoring the interactions.  

Quantum Teleportation Was Just Achieved Over More Than 7 KM of City Fibre
From ACM News

Quantum Teleportation Was Just Achieved Over More Than 7 KM of City Fibre

Quantum teleportation just moved out of the lab and into the real world, with two independent teams of scientists successfully sending quantum information across...

In Memoriam:  Boris Trakhtenbrot, 1921-2016
From ACM News

In Memoriam: Boris Trakhtenbrot, 1921-2016

The mathematician discovered and proved the Gap Theorem, as well as what is now called Trakhtenbrot's Theorem.

Geneticists Attempt to Heal Rifts with Aboriginal Communities
From ACM News

Geneticists Attempt to Heal Rifts with Aboriginal Communities

In 1938, anthropologists Norman Tindale and Joseph Birdsell set off on an 18-month, 29,000-kilometre expedition to survey Australia's indigenous groups.

Federal Officials Plan Aggressive Approach to Driverless Cars
From ACM TechNews

Federal Officials Plan Aggressive Approach to Driverless Cars

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Monday announced plans to aggressively influence the launch of driverless car technology.  

An Autonomous Fleet for Amsterdam
From ACM TechNews

An Autonomous Fleet for Amsterdam

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has partnered with the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions to test a fleet of autonomous boats.

Researchers Eye Gaming as Tool for Boosting Computer Science Skills, Diversity in Middle Schools
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Eye Gaming as Tool for Boosting Computer Science Skills, Diversity in Middle Schools

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Florida plan to use a custom-designed videogame to improve educational outcomes in middle...

The Cryptographic Key That Secures the Web Is Being Changed for the First Time
From ACM TechNews

The Cryptographic Key That Secures the Web Is Being Changed for the First Time

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers next month will make the first-ever revision of the Root Zone Signing Key.  

Inside Google's Internet Justice League and Its AI-Powered War on Trolls
From ACM TechNews

Inside Google's Internet Justice League and Its AI-Powered War on Trolls

Online forums and social media platforms are havens for trolls and bullies who launch campaigns of harassment can lead to the self-censorship of the people they...

In Backing Autonomous Cars, U.S. Tells Automakers to Figure It Out
From ACM News

In Backing Autonomous Cars, U.S. Tells Automakers to Figure It Out

The Obama administration's approach to hands-free driving is remarkably hands-off.

Obama's Science Advisors: Much Forensic Work Has No Scientific Foundation
From ACM News

Obama's Science Advisors: Much Forensic Work Has No Scientific Foundation

Last year, the US Department of Justice released a report that involved some painful self-examination.
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